So, Amanda had some 400 photographs that needed to be viewed, selected from (maybe a several dozen selected), then each chosen photo converted to jpeg format, resized to 100o pixels wide and saved.
She began the process on her Windoze laptop. The first photograph took about a minute or two. Realizing that the conversion of the photo had to happen before she could decide whether to use that image or not, I quickly calculated that she had about an hour of work in front of her.
The photos happen to be on a flash card. So, I intervened.
“Let me have those photos for a minute.”
“What are you going to do with them?”
Flash card plugged into Linux server.
Photos copied into folder inside a Samba share linked to Amanda’s laptop
Bash shell window open.
Tappity tap tap tappity tap… a simple one liner … Enter.
“This is going to take about 20 minutes. Let’s go get ice cream.”
So we went and got ice cream and came back and the images were all converted and resized. Now it would only be a matter of deleting the photos she did not want.
So, I’m eating my ice cream and Amanda says, “Well, that was easy. Can we do this to this other group of 600 photos?”
No problem. We have lots of ice cream.
Any guesses as to what the one liner looked like?